"Massage is my passion," says Nick West, a licensed massage therapist who channeled his interest in physiology and his desire to help people into a worthwhile career. Prior to each session, which takes place in a warm, private room filled with soft music and the purr of a thousand kittens, he chats with clients to get a sense of their emotional, mental, and physical needs. This allows him to custom tailor their treatment, whether incorporating soothing Swedish strokes or targeted deep-tissue kneads to achieve the most effective results. Though happy to assuage general aches, Nick finds the greatest reward in helping those suffering from chronic-pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and cancer.
Kim at Facial Effects works hard to keep her clients beautiful and satisfied. She refines complexions with classic european facials and fends off the signs of aging with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Tending to more than just faces, she also employ LPG's high-tech lipomassage hand piece to administer Endermologie cellulite treatments and uses wax to smooth legs, backs, and dorsal fins.
Certified Rolfer Kimberly Richey eases bodies into balance during 75-minute Rolfing sessions. As opposed to massage therapists, who drive tension from muscles, or chiropractors, who realign spines by advising patients to sleep on a ruler, Richey’s practice focuses on the fascia, the soft tissue that surrounds muscles and connects organs to one another. Direct pressure coupled with guided movements work to release tightness within connective tissues, restoring proper movement to the body as a whole. Continued Rolfing sessions can result in improved posture and mobility, reduced pain and stiffness, and increased circulation.
As its name implies, High Maintenance Day Spa & Salon strives to meet the beauty demands of its most discriminating clientele with a comprehensive array of relaxing treatments. The spa’s stylists, nail technicians, tanners, and massage therapists continue to carry out the mission set forth by the Crims, who founded the spa in 2006 with the vision of a retreat from life’s hectic day-to-day routine. Indeed, the only stresses to be found amid the salon’s soft-hued tiffany-blue walls are those that arise when choosing which of the many services to indulge in. Couples massages make for romantic and relaxing experiences, waxing removes unwanted fuzz, and spray tans prepare bodies for playing hide-and-seek amid bronze garden sculptures. Before snipping their first locks or untying their first muscle knots, the staff establishes a relationship with each customer through friendly chitchat and an informal consultation.
Illumination MedSpa's medical director Dr. Brian Hurley has assembled a friendly, knowledgeable staff and trained them in the latest laser skin rejuvenation techniques. During the laser genesis facial rejuvenation treatment, they'll fire the laser-emitting genesis device into the skin a half-inch from the face, producing a warming, collagen-stimulating sensation in the dermal layers below the surface. The treatment is designed to reduce scars, shrink pores, and even out skin tone, homogenizing the surface of the skin for a creamy, ultra-pasteurized finish. Once the genesis device has successfully terraformed your desolate facescape, a DiamondTome microdermabrasion wand tipped with exfloliating bling polishes the skin and gently strips away depleted cells for a softer, smoother appearance. Contact the spa to make an appointment.
Stacie's airbrush-tanning sessions are just one of the many beauty and spa services provided by Retreat Salon and Day Spa. The salon is helmed by Ched Spangler, a skilled colorist and stylist who has worked with Farouk Systems to expand its internationally renowned haircare business.
Locally, his custom-designed salon and spa employs skilled stylists who revamp 'dos with haircuts, full and partial color, and intensive deep-conditioning treatments. Clients can get pampered from top to toe with pedicures that include foot soaks, moisturizing masks, and a coat of vibrant OPI nail polish. Swedish massages, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and men's facials round out the list of indulgent spa services.
Dawn, owner and licensed massage therapist at Dawn of Your Wellness, puts her skillful hands to use with a wide variety of massage and reiki techniques. Modalities range from muscle-replenishing deep-tissue massages to quick-hitting Lunch Box Special massages that work the head, neck, and shoulders. Dawn’s reiki treatments focus on the body’s chakra centers with massage treatments, essential oils, and crystals.